Kingston Interval House (KIH) officially opened its doors on December 1, 1975. For many years, KIH was funded by the City of Kingston, Kingston Township and Pittsburgh Township on a per diem basis for women and children using the House. Currently, KIH is funded by the provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services, the United Way of Kingston and through membership fees, private donations, and fundraising.
Since opening, KIH has changed locations four times as the need for increased space or various reasons of house unsuitability arose. In July of 2004, the shelter, in our current location, was completed and can accommodate 25 women and children/youth. KIH realized a dream of a facility that offers separate rooms for each family, a large living space, a basement set up for games, exercise and toys, full accessibility and an attached building housing our administration and Outreach offices.
In July 2010, KIH we opened our Second Stage Housing facility for women and children/youth involved with KIH. Robin’s Hope Second Stage Housing provides short-term, affordable and supportive housing to women, children and youth for up to a period of one year. This new service is an extension to the services provided by KIH that include emergency shelter, outreach counselling, 24 hour crisis line, public education and awareness.